The organizing committee outlined the rationale for barring spectators from most of the sites at an IOC Executive Board meeting on Saturday in Tokyo. It also included information on precautions done at airports and the status of coronavirus infection in Japan.
Bach said 15 of the approximately 15,000 athletes and others who came in Japan for the Games between July 1 and Friday tested positive for the coronavirus during a press briefing.
He claims that the percentage is very low, at 0.1 percent, and that “all the concerned people were quickly segregated” so that they do not represent a risk to other participants or the Japanese community.
“We have to recognize people have to face uncertainty, and there you react with some skepticism,” Bach remarked, referring to the fact that many Japanese people are opposed to the Games being held in Japan.
“We are also optimistic that once the Japanese people witness the athletes competing in these Olympic Games, hopefully successfully,” Bach added, “their attitude will become less emotional and aggressive.”
He said the athletes, like the Japanese people, had surmounted many challenges to get to this stage, and he urged the public to not only welcome but also encourage them.